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100% Macabeo & Tardana
Utiel-Requena, Valencia, Spain
It doesn't get much more old school than Bodegas Cueva. Founded in 2000, yet the original winery is from the 18th century, and not much has changed since then. Mariano Taberner Navarro knows his land intricately and in an almost mystical way translates the Mediterranean essence through his grapes. One of the first to be certified organic (by the Comité de Agricultura Ecológica de la Comunidad Valenciana) he is committed to biodiversity and the health of his vineyards.
This orange (which also now comes in 20L kegs!) is a blend of Macabeo and Tardana. This vintage the Tardana got very mature and ripe (which results in little redish-pink dots on the grape skins) and also gives this vintage a more orange-pink color in the glass. All grapes are certified organic, hand harvested, macerated on the skins in stainless tanks for 30 days followed by spontaneous yeast fermentation and aged on the lees for several more months in tank after harvest before bottling. Unfined, unfiltered, and zero SO2.
Hazy coral-peach hued in the glass, with low acidity, some tasty apricotty skin-contact flavors, and wild, but only mildly so. Very enjoyable and well packaged as well.
Organic. A "natural" wine. Unoaked.